Biden nominates Donald Armin Blome, US’s veteran diplomat, as Ambassador to Pakistan

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Washington: Donald Armin Blome, one of the pioneers of US diplomatic core will be taking charge as Ambassador of United States of America to Pakistan soon as President Joe Biden has floated his name to Senate recently.

The White House announced Yesterday that US President Joe Biden intends to nominate career diplomat Donald Armin Blom as his next envoy to Pakistan.

Mr Blome, who is currently the US ambassador to Tunisia, is fluent in Arabic, The White House stated Yesterday on October 19. He is known as one of a few pioneers of US’s diplomatic core who have been accomplishing tasks even in tough conditions that too in most volatile regions.

“Prior to this, he was posted as the Charge d’affaires ai at the Libyan Foreign Office in Tunis, the Consul General at the US Consulate in Jerusalem and the Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the US State Department. He has also served as Political Counsel, the Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the Minister-Consultant for Economic and Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt,” White House said in a a statement issued Yesterday.

Earlier in his career, Mr Blom served as Citizen Co-Director, Multinational Force Strategic Engagement Cell, Baghdad, Political Counsel, Embassy Kuwait, and Israel Desk Officer, Deputy Director and Acting Director, Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs .

His nomination follows the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, which caused the collapse of the US-backed government in Kabul and forced Washington to move its diplomatic mission to Doha, Qatar.

“The changes have given Pakistan a major diplomatic role in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan and the United States wants Pakistan to use its influence to create space for an inclusive government in Kabul. The United States is also seeking air access to Afghanistan via Pakistan,” Dawn’s report said.

Pakistan appears willing to use its influence to soften the Taliban on various issues but in return it wants Washington to send immediate humanitarian aid to the war-torn country. Islamabad also urges Washington to re-establish economic ties with Kabul.

International agencies have warned that Afghanistan could face a humanitarian collapse without access to aid or foreign reserves, which remain frozen in the United States.

The US embassy in Islamabad is also expected to play a major role in limiting China’s rapidly growing political and economic influence in Pakistan.

All ambassadorial positions in the US require Senate confirmation.

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